Among the attractions at this summer’s Ulster County Fair will be an opportunity for children who love the history-based American Girl dolls to attend a tea party with New Paltz resident Jennifer Castle, author of two books about American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the Year, Blaire Wilson. Set in Ulster County, Blaire’s story involves living on a sustainable farm turned into a bed-and-breakfast and volunteering for the local food pantry.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, the Ulster County 4-H Program and the Ulster County Agricultural Society will be hosting an American Girl Tea Party Meet & Greet with Castle on Wednesday, July 31 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Youth Building at the Ulster County Fairgrounds. The $17 admission fee to the Ulster County Fair includes an invitation to the Tea Party (preregistration at https://bit.ly/2JKfq8A required) along with all other rides and exhibits.
Castle’s author presentation will share how Blaire’s character and stories come together and were inspired by Ulster County. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and light refreshments will be provided. Youth are encouraged to bring their favorite doll and dress in Blairelike attire. The Meet & Greet will be followed by a game of Clue, relating to the game Blaire created in her first book; players will have a chance to interact with local 4-H kids who own some of the same animals as Blaire. Registrants for the Tea Party will also be entered in a drawing to win a Blaire doll with accessories. For more information, visit http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/americangirlteaparty.
American Girl Tea Party Meet & Greet
Wednesday, July 31, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
$17 (preregistration required)
Youth Building, Ulster County Fairgrounds
249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz